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White Bean and Artichoke Dip and BlogHer Food Recap

White Bean and Artichoke Dip and BlogHer Food Recap

I have been blessed with unbelievable friends throughout my life-siblings, school pals, college buds, roommates, co-workers, and blogging acquaintances.  I enjoyed the BlogHer Food conference for numerous reasons, but spending time with blogging friends was definitely the highlight. Sitting in a room with hundreds of my friends evoked emotion that I cannot put into words. It was refreshing to surround myself with friends that inspire and motivate me to become a better person. Today, I am sharing a few photos from BlogHer Food and a recipe for white bean and artichoke dip. I would gladly serve this dip to any and all of my friends.

BlogHer Food was one big party from start to finish. The weekend was filled with presentations, socializing, the Ferry Building’s farmers market, food, and a lot of parties.

Me and Shanna with the Deen Brothers (Paula Deen’s sons) at a book signing.

Jenny, from Picky Palate , and I at the Underwriter’s Laboratory’s Iron Chef event. (Photo via Amanda.)

I finally met Dorie Greenspan-my life is now complete:) She is just as sweet, if not sweeter, than her baked goods.

Partying with a few of my favorite blogging buddies.

On Saturday we took a little field trip to the Ferry Building to explore the farmers market. It was a beautiful day!

Alice, Erika, and Maggy at the Ferry Building

Marla, Me, Amanda, and Jenny-love these girls!

Anita, Dorie, and I at the closing party.

Getting a little silly!

I wish I would of taken more photos, but I was too busy having fun. I loved every minute of BlogHer Food. I can’t wait until next year. Thanks friends for making BlogHer Food a weekend I’ll never forget.

Now time for the white bean and artichoke dip. This is one of my favorite recipes. I make it for parties, games, snacking, or even to put on sandwiches. It is easy and everyone always asks for the recipe, so here it is! Enjoy!

White Bean and Artichoke Dip


2 cloves garlic
2 (15 ounce) cans white beans (drained and rinsed)
1 (15 ounce) can artichoke hearts (drained)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In the bowl of a food processor, add the garlic, white beans, artichoke hearts, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and rosemary. Blend until smooth.

2. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Serve with bread, crackers, vegetables, or chips.

*Note-this dip also makes a great spread. I like to add it to sandwiches.

If you like this white bean and artichoke dip, you might also like:

Roasted Red Pepper and White Bean Dip from Two Peas and Their Pod
Edamame Guacamole from Two Peas and Their Pod
White Bean Avocado Dip from We are Not Martha
White Bean Dip from Chez Us
Hot White Bean Dip with Bacon from Our Best Bites

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81 Responses to “White Bean and Artichoke Dip and BlogHer Food Recap”

  1. the blissful baker — October 13, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    looks like you had a blast! that dip looks tasty :) i love that it includes artichokes, yum!

  2. Erica — October 13, 2010 @ 4:57 am

    aw! Great photos! SO cool that you got to meet Dorie and the Deen brothers…I=majorly jealous. I have made a similar dip and it is so good! Amazing how you can replace the junky stuff with white beans and it tastes just as good! Love it. Beautiful presentation- as always.

  3. Emily Rose — October 13, 2010 @ 5:22 am

    I love the picture of you and Dorie! How exciting! This looks like a very easy and delicious dip- and much healthier than most sour cream/ mayonnaise based dips, I can’t wait to try it out!

  4. The Italian Dish — October 13, 2010 @ 5:22 am

    It was so nice to meet you, Maria! What a fun weekend it was.

  5. Katrina — October 13, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    Great dip recipe, it looks so tasty!

  6. Soma — October 13, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    So cool that you got to meet Dorie Greenspan!!

    Love the simple healthy recipe.

  7. Amy — October 13, 2010 @ 5:30 am

    Fun! It was good to see you too – wish we had more time to visit.

  8. Jessica @ How Sweet — October 13, 2010 @ 5:35 am

    I wish I could have gone to Blogher Food! It looks like SO much fun!

  9. maggy@threemanycooks — October 13, 2010 @ 5:40 am

    I love dips! They are so great for parties and get together’s. This looks delicious. (Sidenotes: LOVED seeing you at Blogher. You are my fave!! Oh, and beautiful photography, excellent food styling :) )

    • twopeas replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

      You are my fave too:)

  10. Stephanie (Fresh Tart) — October 13, 2010 @ 5:48 am

    Love the pics, especially of you and Dorie :) I “knew” (from here and Twitter) how much you admire her and wanted to meet her. She is lovely – and so are you! Great to meet you, wish we’d had a chance to have an actual conversation – next time.

    • twopeas replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

      I enjoyed meeting you as well. Next time, we need to go out to dinner and really chat:)

  11. marla {family fresh cooking} — October 13, 2010 @ 5:54 am

    Maria – I can now hear your voice for real when I read your posts. Great re-cap & what a busy weekend! I can’t wait to see you again for real soon :) The dip looks great too! xo

  12. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer — October 13, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    Maria, it was a joy to see you again. Glad we could catch up and talk about life, food, Josh, your kitchen. Can’t wait to see the big reveal. Love you!

  13. Paula - bell'alimento — October 13, 2010 @ 6:11 am

    Love all the fotos especially the one with you and Dorie! You are beaming! Hoping to get to meet you myself ONE DAY soon ; )

  14. Jenny Flake — October 13, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    Oh what fun! The fab bean dip and fun pictures! Loved hanging out w you girl! Hope to see you very soon :)

  15. Katrina — October 13, 2010 @ 6:19 am

    GREAT photos, Maria. So fun that you met Dorie and could spend time with all those great gals. I MUST go next year! And the Deen Brothers? Awesome!
    The dip sounds great!

  16. Emily (The Culinary Couple) — October 13, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    Some day I WILL attend a BlogHer Food conference — it looks like too much fun!

  17. Lori @ RecipeGirl — October 13, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    Had such a great time w/ all of you!!! Loved every minute of it. When’s the next fun event?

  18. Sara — October 13, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    Lovely post! Looks like you guys had fun! :)

  19. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — October 13, 2010 @ 10:17 am

    Love the re-cap! Wish I could’ve been there. Next year! Can’t wait to meet everyone in person one day. Oh and love the dip! I have those same latte bowls from Anthro–I use them everyday.

  20. Jen @ How To: Simplify — October 13, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    You can’t go wrong with a good dip! This looks delicious! It looks like you had a great time at the conference!

  21. Estela @ Weekly Bite — October 13, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    Wish I could’ve made it to Blogher Food :( I’ll be there next year :)

  22. Tracey — October 13, 2010 @ 11:52 am

    BlogHer Food looks like SUCH a blast! I hope I can make it next year – would love to meet you :)

  23. Bridgett — October 13, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    I should have stopped at the Blogher events since I was in SF. Maybe next year! Looks like fun and all the pictures show was a great time you all must have had.

  24. Jeanette — October 13, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    It was so nice meeting you at BlogHer Food. Your recipe sounds deliciously healthy!

    • twopeas replied: — October 13th, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

      It was nice meeting you too!

  25. Jennifer (Savor) — October 13, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    I will not miss BHfood next year no matter what! I am glad you had such a grt time

  26. Dana — October 13, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

    Looks like you had a blast! I was so sad to miss it this year but hopefully I’ll be partying right along with you next year!

  27. Amanda :) — October 13, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Maria! You are so cute I could just eat you with a spoon. Oh, wait.. I almost did! :) Love this post. Can’t wait for LA, baby! :) xoxo

  28. Amanda — October 13, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    You are so adorable!!! THis recipe looks fantastic, I cant wait to try it out!

  29. Pam — October 13, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    Ah, it looks like you had an incredible time!

    The dip looks mighty tasty.

  30. Jenn Chamberlain — October 13, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    I love white bean dip and yours looks divine. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the great photos. It looks like BHFood was a blast!

  31. Chris — October 13, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

    great recap…great seeing you again! You look so relaxed. :) Can’t wait until next time

  32. Joanne — October 13, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    hey chica! I’m so super glad to see you had fun at Blogher! And I’m so jealous that you got to chill with some of my favorite ladies! Ahh next year.

    This white bean and artichoke dip sounds fantastic! I love a good white bean dip and this one sounds lovely.

  33. Cookin' Canuck — October 13, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    It was a fun weekend, wasn’t it? Your dip looks fantastic – I can always use more dip recipes as we come into football season.

  34. Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread — October 13, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    What a FUN FUN time you ladies had!!! Loved the pics! and great dip!

  35. Helene — October 13, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    It was a blast seeing you around. Next year I am going as an attendee, between the nerves about my presentation and some vertigo issue -it was a bit of a strange weekend! I just loved seeing you there – a familiar face among all and you sure looked like you were having a grand time :)

    • twopeas replied: — October 14th, 2010 @ 7:14 am

      Helene-it was great to see you too! I wish we had more time to visit, hopefully we can meet up again and soon. Thanks for the hosting the party, it was fun!

  36. Amanda — October 14, 2010 @ 4:29 am

    Oh what fun!! I wish I could have gone, but alas not this time. Love your silly picture, they are all great! I get to met Dorie tonight, going to her book signing. Can’t wait! :)

    • twopeas replied: — October 14th, 2010 @ 7:14 am

      Have fun, you will love Dorie:)

  37. Winnie — October 14, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    Looks like so much fun! You are adorable and seeing all the happy photos of you with everyone (including Dorie, of course) is such a pleasure. Great looking dip, too!

  38. CookiePie — October 14, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    Sounds like the conference was a ton of fun! So glad — and your recap almost made me feel like I was there :) Love that dip too!

  39. Your dip looks delicious, Maria and Josh! Thanks for sharing your recipes, photos and all about your experience in San Fran – I am definitely going to make an effort to attend the conference next fall!

  40. Aggie — October 14, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Oh love all the pics! I so wish I was there with you. How fun. This dip looks amazing girl! I love bean dips.

    And so happy you got to meet Dorie!!! Love the pic of you two! Framer! hugs…

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